The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assures workers that it is doing everything to protect employment and uphold workers amid the current pandemic. It can be recalled that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has not only crippled the health of the masses and the healthcare system, but the economy as well.
“We will find ways to enhance employment even under a “new normal” setting. Together, we will restart the engine of change and growth alongside standing victorious over the malady in our homes, communities, and workplaces,” states Secretary Silvestre Belo III, in an article published by the Philippine News Agency.
Belo also shared his sentiments regarding Labor Day.
“Sadly, at this moment we were not able to celebrate this occasion with you, and acknowledged your big contributions to our country due to the pandemic that has affected a big portion of the world. This is the first time in recent history that we are witnessing widespread suffering of our family, neighbor, and community. This is the first time in recent history that we witness how our social and economic lives are on a standstill,” he adds.
Moreover, it can also be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte shared his message of the recently concluded Labor Day last May 01. Duterte lauds workers and said that they ‘serve as the very foundation of our nation’s prosperity and growth’. He also urged employers to provide ‘humane working conditions’ to workers.
“I thus remind everyone in the business sector of their shared responsibility in improving the lives of our workers by providing them stable career opportunities and humane working conditions. As all work is vital in forging a more inclusive and more progressive Philippines, may each and every Filipino rightfully enjoy the fruits of their labor and lead more productive and dignified lives,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day, in an article published by the Inquirer.